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Vet Reveals 12 Surprising Superfoods For Your Dog

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Superfoods are foods that are naturally nutrient-rich and therefore are especially beneficial for your dog’s health. But what exactly are superfoods for dogs? Dr. Ernie Ward, member of Petplan Veterinary Advisory Board gave us the following 12 superfoods for your dog. As with any nutritional change, talk your vet before adding these foods into your dog’s diet.

#1 – Apples (without the seeds)

This full-of-fiber food helps to clean your dog’s teeth while he chomps and can even freshen their breath.

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Image source: @ollesvensson via Flickr

 

#2 -Canned Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkins are packed full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that regulate digestion, support the immune system, create healthy skin and even help prevent cancer.

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Image source: @AustinKirk via Flickr

 

#3 – Eggs

Eggs are one of the best sources of highly digestible protein. They’re bursting with amino acids (the body’s building blocks) and rich in vitamins and nutrients that help the eyes, brain and heart. Eggs can also be a stomach-soother for dogs who have lost their appetite.

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Image source: @mikeWillis via Flickr

 

#4 – Bananas

Bananas are great for active, athletic dogs. The natural sugars metabolize quickly and provide an instant boost of energy – they’re also full of amino acids, electrolytes, vitamin C and potassium.

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Image source: @IanRansley via Flickr

 

#5 – Carrots

This low calorie snack is high in beta-carotene which boosts night vision and helps protect eyes against cataracts. Tip – offer baby carrots to avoid a choking hazard, especially for small dogs.

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Image source: @e_byrne via Flickr

 

#6 – Turkey

Skinless, boneless, unseasoned roasted turkey is a protein-packed food that also provides potassium and essential amino acids.

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Image source: @scottfeldstein via Flickr

 

#7 –  Sweet Potatoes

This is one of my favorite veggies for dogs! These super tubers are rich in dietary fiber and naturally occurring sugars, and contain antioxidants that help prevent cancer and fight the effects of aging.

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Image source: @AlinaAngenete via Flickr

 

#8 – Kelp

Kelp is a great source of sodium, calcium, vitamin A, folic acid and iodine. It’s reported to improve energy, enhance the immune system and some researchers even say that it helps with weight loss.

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Image source: OnlyNaturalPet.com

 

#9 – Quinoa

Also known as the mother of all grains, quinoa is a highly nutritious seed and a good source of fiber and protein. It’s also easy for dogs to digest.

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Image source: @GloriaCabada-Leman via Flickr

 

#10 – Sardines

Sardines are nutritional powerhouses that are great for active dogs. They’re packed with vitamin B12, omega-3 oils, protein, vitamin D and more.

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Image source: @JeanneMenj via Flickr

 

#11 – Raw Local Honey

When dogs eat raw, local honey, they ingest minute amounts of local pollen, which helps increase the body’s tolerance of it when exposed to larger amounts, like during allergy season.

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Image source: @snestorm via Flickr

 

#12- Broccoli

Broccoli boasts cancer-fighting powers, is rich in eye-protecting lutein and is an excellent source of potassium, fiber and calcium. It’s also a great treat for training!

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Image source: @StevenLilley via Flickr
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